Sure, it sounds funny to anglophiles, but Fufu is an interesting and very popular dish. I personally, had only ever heard of it once before and had never tried it before trying to make it. I know that’s not the best way to learn how to make a new dish, but I was very interested to try as I thought this could be an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes. Fufu is actually a stable of many countries, mostly in West Africa and the Caribbean. It is the national dish of both Ghana and the Ivory Coast where it is served in a round ball shape and often eaten with soup. There are an incredible amount variations on this, that actually make it seem to fluctuate from a mashed potato consistency to a polenta consistency. Give it a shot, there are many variations to suit your tastes and it’s extremely easy to make!

Serves 2


  • 1 Yucca
  • 2 Plantains

Peel the yucca and chop it so it can fit easily in the pot.


Place everything in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook until everything is tender. About 15 minutes.


Drain out the water, peel the plantain, and mash the mixture together, using a potato masher, ladle, wooden spoon, etc… If it starts getting sticky or too thick, add a bit of water and keep going. The entire mixture should be nice and smooth like dens made potato. It should have the ability to be served in a ball form. That is traditionally how Fufu is served, I like it more as a potato substitute side dish.